Brian Coleman to be reprimanded for throwing Barnet Council's laptop away

Times Series: Councillor Brian Coleman said he believed the laptop was his to dispose of Councillor Brian Coleman said he believed the laptop was his to dispose of

Disgraced former Tory Brian Coleman is locked in a feud with Barnet Council over claims he threw his council-issued laptop away.

The Independent councillor will be reprimanded by the disciplinary committee at next week’s full council meeting after they found he had breached members rules by refusing to return the computer.

Cllr Coleman told officers he had disposed of the laptop in the summer of 2012 and that an IT engineer was aware of the disposal, a claim which has been denied by the staff member in question.

He also said he believed he was the rightful owner of the laptop - but the panel concluded it was not his property to dispose of.

In a report on the council's website, the panel added that rules dictate any loss of IT equipment should be reported to the authority.

Coleman, who was permanently expelled from the Conservative party following his conviction for assaulting cafe owner Helen Michael, is due to stand as an independent candidate for Totteridge in the May elections.

He will have 14 days to appeal the decision.

The Times Series has contacted Brian Coleman for a comment.

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12:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Jon10 says...

So it's the Laptopgate crisis now!
So it's the Laptopgate crisis now! Jon10

2:06pm Thu 27 Feb 14

barnet123 says...

He's hiding it under his massive chin
He's hiding it under his massive chin barnet123

3:30pm Thu 27 Feb 14

bhattyclease says...

The man clearly has ADHD. He is a bell end.

Coleman, if you're reading this... yawn! You ain't got nothing on the Log, you Log wannabe!

Do one.
The man clearly has ADHD. He is a bell end. Coleman, if you're reading this... yawn! You ain't got nothing on the Log, you Log wannabe! Do one. bhattyclease

5:18pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Davide P says...

I hope there wasn't any data on it, or it needs to be reported to the Information Commissioners Office. Any information regarding constituents could be on the laptop and if he threw it away it could be found and the data recovered. Potentially its a very serious offence with a fine of up £250,000
I hope there wasn't any data on it, or it needs to be reported to the Information Commissioners Office. Any information regarding constituents could be on the laptop and if he threw it away it could be found and the data recovered. Potentially its a very serious offence with a fine of up £250,000 Davide P

6:02pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Cadwallader says...

Ew! That's not a hard drive cache I'd want to interrogate!
Ew! That's not a hard drive cache I'd want to interrogate! Cadwallader

9:04pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Mr E Dance says...

Tempting to think that a person who throws away a laptop, rather than getting it repaired, might have something to hide. But surely only a devious criminal would come up with such a ploy?
Didn't Rebecca Brooks try something of that nature?
Tempting to think that a person who throws away a laptop, rather than getting it repaired, might have something to hide. But surely only a devious criminal would come up with such a ploy? Didn't Rebecca Brooks try something of that nature? Mr E Dance

9:44am Fri 28 Feb 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

How could Totteriridge residents manage to elect such an obnoxious bogeyman in the first place? They have a lot to answer for. Let's hope that they come to their senses before the next council election.
How could Totteriridge residents manage to elect such an obnoxious bogeyman in the first place? They have a lot to answer for. Let's hope that they come to their senses before the next council election. Edgar de Jarnac

9:49am Fri 28 Feb 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

Mr E Dance wrote:
Tempting to think that a person who throws away a laptop, rather than getting it repaired, might have something to hide. But surely only a devious criminal would come up with such a ploy?
Didn't Rebecca Brooks try something of that nature?
Her name is actually, and pretentiously, Rebekah. But that does not diminish the fax that she is clearly a ****.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E Dance[/bold] wrote: Tempting to think that a person who throws away a laptop, rather than getting it repaired, might have something to hide. But surely only a devious criminal would come up with such a ploy? Didn't Rebecca Brooks try something of that nature?[/p][/quote]Her name is actually, and pretentiously, Rebekah. But that does not diminish the fax that she is clearly a ****. Edgar de Jarnac

12:50pm Fri 28 Feb 14

harvey_uk says...

Check his Ebay account.!
Check his Ebay account.! harvey_uk

2:08pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Cadwallader says...

Grindr account more like!
Grindr account more like! Cadwallader

6:38pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Barnet Parker says...

Surely disposing (selling?) something that doesn't belong to you is theft. I trust Cllr. Coleman's former Tory colleagues who represent the party of law and order will be contacting the police to investigate the matter.

And Davide P is correct. This matter does probably also need to be investigated by the Information Commissioners Office - a body Barnet Council has already fallen foul of to the tune of £70,000.
Surely disposing (selling?) something that doesn't belong to you is theft. I trust Cllr. Coleman's former Tory colleagues who represent the party of law and order will be contacting the police to investigate the matter. And Davide P is correct. This matter does probably also need to be investigated by the Information Commissioners Office - a body Barnet Council has already fallen foul of to the tune of £70,000. Barnet Parker

7:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

dawboy says...

Why would anyone doubt the word of an honest admired councillor like Brian Coleman. It's not like he's ever lied or done anything wrong before, is it? Oh wait a minute, yes he has!!!!!
Why would anyone doubt the word of an honest admired councillor like Brian Coleman. It's not like he's ever lied or done anything wrong before, is it? Oh wait a minute, yes he has!!!!! dawboy

11:52am Sat 1 Mar 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

Curious tale, isn't it? How did this 'disposal' come to light? But yes, councillors are data controllers, because they hold personal information about constituents, and the risk of data loss is a very serious matter which must be investigated.
Curious tale, isn't it? How did this 'disposal' come to light? But yes, councillors are data controllers, because they hold personal information about constituents, and the risk of data loss is a very serious matter which must be investigated. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog

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